William J. Kraus

William J. Kraus is a Shareholder practicing in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office.  Mr. Kraus represents individuals and businesses involved in governmental and regulatory investigations, US state and federal litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. He concentrates his practice on disputes relating to the financial industry, with a particular focus on legal and regulatory issues related to digital assets (e.g., Bitcoin) and blockchain technology.

William represents diverse parties before the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), National Futures Association (NFA), CME Group Market Regulation; and the US Department of Justice (DOJ). Additionally, William assists clients with all aspects of litigation in state and federal forums, and has experience practicing before the Northern District of Illinois and Circuit Court of Cook County; Southern District of New York; Eastern District of Michigan; the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation; Courts of Appeals for the Second, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits; and the US Supreme Court. He also has a successful record of resolving disputes before the American Arbitration Association and JAMS, as well as before NFA and FINRA hearing panels.

Prior to joining Butzel Long, William was an attorney in the Chicago office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where he focused on financial litigation and enforcement actions.  He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 2009) and the University of Michigan (B.A., 2005).  While attending law school, William was selected by a faculty panel for placement at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva, Switzerland, where he worked to further the participation of developing nations in the World Trade Organization through litigation and dispute settlement training. William continues to maintain an active pro bono practice focusing on fair housing and civil rights litigation, and was recognized by the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. as “not only a skilled attorney, but a valued ally in affirmatively furthering fair housing and increasing awareness of fair housing rights and responsibilities.”

Published Works

  • Bitcoin 101: Halves, Halving, and “the Halvening” JD Supra, May 13, 2020
  • Urban Agriculture Takes Root, Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy, October 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Cryptocurrency and Evolving Regulations, University of Michigan Law School Privacy Law and Technology Association, October 2020
  • Blockchain: What is it and how is it used and regulated? Federal Communications Bar Association, May 2020


  • University of Michigan Law School, 2009, J.D.
  • University of Michigan, 2005, B.A.


DBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Litigation - Commercial, 2022


  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


American Bar Association

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